Waukegan Main Street’s annual Mardi Gras fundraiser was Saturday, February 7th, at Glen Flora Country Club. Thanks to the Mardi Gras committee and several volunteers who worked diligently on plans, silent auction items, and sponsors, this year was quite an extravaganza. Returning this year is DJ at Large Christopher Thelen, who provided the music for the New Orleans-style night.
Glen Flora’s executive chef worked up a Cajun-inspired menu to tantalize the taste buds. And casino gaming, a $500-prize raffle, tarot card reading by the Divine Miss E, and silent auction were going on throughout the event. “The casino gaming is always a big hit , especially since we have some local celebrities as dealers” said Jane Ferry, Executive Director of Waukegan Main Street. “This year the top prizes include a 40″ television donated by Grand Appliance and Bears tickets donated by North Shore Printers. We are continuously overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors and sponsors.”
Silent auction items from a variety of donors in the downtown and lakefront – or “Main Street District” – and outside Waukegan started arriving at the Main Street office over the last month. “The silent auction items run the gamut from children’s activity baskets to great outerwear to original artwork to Bears tickets,” said Ferry. This year’s items have been posted regularly on Main Street’s Facebook page and include several ‘experience items’, such as theatre tickets, a tattoo gift certificate, a wine and food pairing at The Terrace at SiVer Place.
“We are lucky enough to have three women who have run the silent auction preparation and day of activities for years return again this year. It is amazing to watch them create baskets … and sometimes fight over what gift certificate or bottle of wine should go with something.”
While most of the tickets are pre-sold for the event, walk-ins were welcome. Money raised at the event supports Waukegan Main Street continuing efforts to revitalize downtown Waukegan and the lakefront. “It’s an entertaining evening, giving people a chance to get dressed on a cold February evening, socialize and enjoy. As the French say, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” #MainStMardiGras